The good news is “The Walking Dead” will be back next year for their new season. This can give writers carte blanch to do what they will with cast members this year. Establishing new, endearing characters might be able to become almost as beloved as the current cast members. No one has ever been safe, much more so now.
Please read part of the press release AMC sent out to press today:
AMC announced today that it has renewed The Walking Dead for a fifth season. The number one show on television among adults 18-49, The Walking Dead returned for a fourth season earlier this month and the premiere episode set a new record for the series, delivering 20.2 million viewers, live+3, and 13.2 million adults 18-49, a new record for any non-sports cable telecast.
“We are very happy to make what has to be one of the most anti-climactic renewal announcements ever: The Walking Dead is renewed for a fifth season,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. “This is a show that has erased traditional distinctions between cable and broadcast. Its expanding base of passionate fans has grown every season, most recently – and most notably – with the season four premiere earlier this month, which broke viewership records for the series and became the biggest non-sports telecast in cable history. On behalf of the incredible team on both sides of the camera, thank you to the fans and here’s to more Dead.”
It’s wonderful, it’s the best news ever for TWD fans. But … how old are those fans?
As you can read above, AMC loves their youth demographic. It is an outside source that monitors, (with permission, of course), who is watching what. This source tells AMC that their target audience is 18-49 year olds. Excuse me?
I’m a considerably older than this demographic. As a matter of fact, the love of zombies started with MY generation. If the 18-49 year olds love zombies, it’s because my generation embraced first the classic Romero film “Night of the Living Dead.” Second, we embraced and brought about the ‘dawn’ of the new dead in 1978 when “Dawn of the Dead,” the second in the series was released and we flocked to theaters in droves.
The majority of AMC’s target audience was either too little to go or wasn’t even born yet. We even flocked to see “Day of the Dead,” not the best of the films. But, we flocked because zombies were once again on the big screen.
So, AMC, have some respect for those who of us who opened the way for your wonderful show.